Pandemic taught us to face our fears – Archbishop

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If there was one lesson to be taken from the Covid-19 pandemic, it was the need to take stock of one’s own fears, Archbishop Charles Scicluna said on Thursday morning.

The Archbishop was celebrating Mass on the occasion of the Feast of the Transfiguration of Jesus at the Lija Parish Church, which is dedicated to the miraculous event.

In his homily, he recounted the Biblical tale of how Jesus, accompanied by his apostles Peter, James and John, went up to the Mount of the Transfiguration, having chosen the three apostles to witness a unique experience. The apostles fell to the ground in fear, but Jesus approached them and touched them on their shoulder, telling them not to be afraid.

“If the pandemic taught us one thing, it is to take stock of our fears,” the Archbishop said. “Today, our Saviour touches our own shoulder, telling us not to lose hope, not to be afraid.”

Archbishop Scicluna also recounted that St Ġorġ Preca was fond of repeating a short prayer: “Jesus be my Saviour.” He appealed to everyone to repeat the Maltese saint’s words and pray that the Christ would help liberate his flock from the strife they are currently facing.

He also noted that St Ġorġ Preca often described Jesus as a doctor, noting that one should always accept the prescription of their trusted doctor.

The Archbishop also recounted various instances where people chose to end their life because they feared the situation they ended up in.

“What response can we give? We can recall in Jesus’ light touch and in his words: ‘Get up; do not be afraid’,” he said.

Archbishop Scicluna also referred to the tragic explosion that rocked Beirut this week, lamenting that the city was devastated as a result of human negligence. He prayed that those who had lost loved ones or who had become homeless could find comfort in such a difficult time.

As he concluded, the Archbishop prayed that Christ the Saviour would not only bless the world and free it of the pandemic, but also bless Malta and guide it to strive towards prosperity for all.

“As you watch over us today, help us achieve peace of mind and strength in body and soul,” he prayed.